An '''author''' is narrowly defined as the originator of any written work and can thus also be described as a writer
(with any distinction primarily being an implication that an author is a writer of one or more major works, such as books or plays). More broadly defined, an author is "the person who originated or gave existence to anything" and whose authorship determines responsibility for what was created.
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The more specific phrase '''published author''' refers to an author (especially but not necessarily of books) whose work has been independently accepted for publication by a reputable publisher , versus a self-publishing
author or an unpublished one .